After selecting one of the draft’s best players last night in Chicago, the Jets will get another opportunity to add a talented player to this team for years to come. Who are some of the best players left as the 2015 NFL Draft turns to round two? Here’s our attempt and finding talent and players the Jets might select at 37:
1) Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
Metrics: 6’2 3/8”, 217 pounds, 4.41-second 40-yard dash.
Strong’s draft stock might have slipped due to concerns of a nagging injury to his wrist, but many considered him a late first rounder through much of the process. Strong is a big-play receiver, who could be a major red zone weapon in the NFL thanks to his size and strength.
2) Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
Metrics: 6’3 1/8”, 247 pounds, 7.07 second three-cone
Harold is one of the most versatile players at the DE/OLB position in this class and he would be an excellent match for the resourceful and multiple look schemes of Jets new head coach Todd Bowles. Harold had great production in his last season at Virginia amassing 54 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks and an interception.
3) Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
Metrics: 6’0 3/8”, 196 pounds, 4.37 second 40 yard dash To read more of this story, click here
Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are back for a 2nd round of podcast this week, after an exciting 1st round of the NFL Draft. The guys are joined by SNY’s Ray Lucas and Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net to talk Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, and what the weekend still has in store for the Jets as the draft rolls on.
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It seems like every year, the defensive players just get no respect in the eyes of the fans, the media, and even the teams drafting in the NFL Draft. This year is no different. Though many scouts agree that USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams is out-and-out the best, most game-changing talent in the 2015 class, due to the fact that he plays a defensive position, a pair of quarterbacks were selected in front of him. I’m sure I’ve made this joke before, but it bears repeating: since numberFire doesn’t generate READ comparables — based on Combine data and likely team situation — for defensive players, my best comp for Williams is Rodney Dangerfield — no respect.
The appeal of Williams has many layers. First of all, he has excellent length, good athleticism, and absolutely elite power. Williams didn’t blow anyone away at the NFL Combine, but his performance was still impressive in its own right, and did more to confirm his high talent than redefine it. The generous folks at MockDraftable have concocted spider-graphs of each player’s Combine performance, which shows it in the context of historical percentiles. To read more of this story, click here
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
I’ll admit it, for the last two months I’ve had dreams of quarterbacks and receivers dancing in my heads on the first night of the 2015 NFL Draft, but as Roger Goodell walked to the podium (boo!) and announced the Jets selection with the sixth pick I felt a sense of dread.
Leonard Williams? I get that he’s extremely talented, but the Jets don’t need *another* defensive lineman!
But it’s that “need bias” that has plagued the New York Jets and With the quarterbacks and Amari Cooper off the board and clearly no viable trades, what were the Jets to do?
“Best value at the spot,” texted Andrew Garda to me this morning. “WR, RB, OL all either ‘not there’ or too early. Maybe I would have preferred Beasley but Williams was the perfect value.”
Garda is exactly right. Godfather of scouting Gil Brandt believes Leonard Williams to be the best player in this class. I am more than willing to sit down and shut up and listen to a man who nailed the Eagles selection at 20 over six weeks ago and proved it by sending an envelope with his selection to a friend.
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SNY.tv takes a look at the Jets’ first round draft pick out of USC, Leonard Williams…
New York Jets players took to Twitter to welcome their new teammate Leonard Williams, after the organization selected him with the sixth-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft…
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The Jets Nation panel discusses Gang Green’s plan during the draft and the selection of defensive end Leonard Williams…
“This guy is an extreme athlete. The ceiling is so high on this guy … I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in the Pro Bowl in one to two years.” -Ray Lucas
“Definitely the best player in the draft. The most NFL-ready player in the draft … This guy was the best football player in the 2015 Draft.” -Tony Pauline
Leonard Williams was the sixth pick of the draft on Thursday night. Here’s what he had to say after the Jets selected him out of USC…
On his reaction being drafted by the Jets…
It was a big surprise to me you know. Knowing that when I got to the Jets and their pick was on the line, I thought they were going to go with someone on offense or something like that just because the Jets are already known for having such a great d-line and I was really surprised but also really excited to be a part of a great tradition and a great d-line.
On what was going through his mind after not being selected in the first five picks…
Not much was going through my mind. I expected anything because you can never trust the mock drafts and all that type of stuff, but my family wanted me go to a Florida team just so I could be closer to home, or go to LA just because I’m from California, but either way going to the Jets, they’re so proud of me and it was really exciting to see them put on their Jets hats and see all those guys in green and white. It was pretty cool.
On what Mike Maccagnan or Todd Bowles said to him when he got the call… To read more of this story, click here
Jeane Coakley talks with defensive end Leonard Williams after being selected sixth overall by the Jets in the 2015 NFL draft.